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When Cockleshells Turn Silver Bells (Waly, Waly) When cockleshells turn silver bells, And mussels grow on ev'ry tree; When roses grow midst winter's snow Then will my love return to me. cho: O waly, waly, but love is bonnie A little time when it is new. But when it's old, it groweth cold And fades away like morning dew. O had I wist, before I kissed That love had been so ill to win; I'd locked my heart in case of gold And pinned it with a silver pin. Note: Still another yet of the Waly, or Water is Wide variations. This one is English, early 17'th century and pretty. Words from different versions seem to be interchangeable. See WALYWALY, WATRWIDE, GOBOUND Recorded by Burl Ives RG
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